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Breaking, down fell the Star : Well shot,
Quoth Wbachum, who right wisely thought
H' had levelld at a Star, and hit it:
But Sidrophel more subtil-witted,
Cry'd out what horrible and fearful
Portent is this, to see a Star fall j
It threatens Nature, and the Doom
Will not be long before it come !
When Stars do fall 'tis plain enough
The Day of Judgment's not far off :
As lately 'twas reveal'd to Sedgwick,
And some of us find out by Magick.
Then since the time we have to live
In this World's shorten'd, let us strive
To make our best Advantage of it,
And pay our Losses with our Profita

This Feat fell out not long before
The Knight, upon the fore-nam'd score,
in quest of Sidropbel advancing,
Was now in Prospect of the Mansion :
Whom he discovering, turn’d his Glass,
And found far off 'twas Hudibras.

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Whachuım (quoth he) look yonder, some To try or use our Art are come : The one's the Learned Knight ; seek out, And

pump ’em what they come about. Whachum advanc'd with all submissness, T'accost 'em, but much more their bus'ness; He held a Stirrup while the Knight · From Leathern Bare-Bones did alight, And taking from his Hand the Bridle, Approach'd the dark Squire to unriddle: He gave him first the time o'th' Day, And welcom'd him, as he might say: He a’k’d’ein whence they came, and whither Their bus’ness lay? Quoth Ralpho, hither; Did

Quoth Ralpbo, nay: Quoth Whachum, Sir, I meant your way? Your Knight ---Quoth Ralpho, is a Lover : And pains intoľrable doth suffer For Lovers Hearts are not their own Hearts, Nor Lights, norLungs, and soforth downwards What time, ---Quoth Ralpho, Sir, too long, Three Years it off and on has hung

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Quoth he, I meant what time o'th' Day ’tis,
Quoth Ralpho, between seven and eight 'tis.
Why then (quoth Whachum) my small Art
Tells me the Dame has a hard Heart,
Or great Estate Quoth Ralph, a fointure,
Which makes him have so hot a mind t'hér.
Mean while the Knight was making Water,
Before he fell upon the matter;
Which having done, the Wizard steps in,
To give him suitable Receptioir;
But kept his bus'ness at a Bay,
Till Whachum

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Who having now by Ralpbo's light,
Expounded the Errand of the Knight;
And what he came to know, drew near,
To whisper in the Conj'rer's Ear,
Which he prevented thus : What was't,
Quoth he, that I was saying last,
Before these Gentlemen arrivid,
Quoth VVachum, Venus you retriev'd;
In opposition with Mars,
And no benign friendly Stars

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T'allay th' Effect. Quoth VVizard, So!
In Virgo? Ha! quoth VV bachum, No :
Has Saturn nothing to do in it ?
One tenth of's Circle to a minute.
'Tis well, quoth he-Sir, you'll excuse
This Rudeness I ain forc'd to use ;
It is a Scheme and Face of Heaven
As thAspects are dispos’d this Even,
I was contemplating upon
When you arriv’d, but now I've done.

Quoth Hudibras, If I appear
Unfeasonable in coiping here
At such a time, to interrupt
Your Speculations which I hop'd
Aslistance from, and come to use,
Tis fit that I ask your excuse.

By no means, Sir, quoth Sidropbel,
The Stars your coming did foretel;
I did expect you here, and knew
Before you spake your Bus'ness too.

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